About Us

Let’s get
Offline.

It’s a simple concept, really, and one that your mom was right about all along: go out and play, make friends, and step away from all those screens.

We want you to rediscover your joie de vivre, which won’t come from scrolling your feed or binging another rerun. This is where we come in: your local concierge, serving up the inspiration and motivation to help you fall in love with where you live, one month at a time.

Because life’s too short to be stuck on the couch.

#letsgetoffline

Our Story

Offline was born in the basement of Durham’s American Tobacco Campus in 2012. Fresh off of graduating top of his class in chemical engineering, Founder and CEO David Shaner had turned down a lucrative job offer to slum it in the startup world and pursue his passion: a company that used tech for “good” and measured success when it created moments that brought people together in the physical world.

Over the next few years, our team rallied around the core belief that creating such a product was both possible and very much needed in our modern world. But startups are never easy. It took six years, tens of thousands of hours, four different iterations of the business model, and a whole lot of caffeine to create the Offline you know today: a subscription service that actually gets people out into the real world, experiencing something new in their cities every single month.

Today, we’re proud to have a business that makes money by fulfilling its core mission. Our revenue comes 100% from our subscribers, nothing is #sponsored, and we’re able to help local businesses grow without charging them a dime. The result? A product with mutually assured success for all: our members, our partners, and in turn, our city. The very definition of a win-win-win.

Our Community

We create thousands of IRL moments between members and partners that help communities thrive.

Every month, we play matchmaker between thousands of members and a choice network of incredible local businesses, creating a positive feedback loop of exploration, local love, and economic growth. But talk is cheap—we’ll let the data take it from here.

6,000+ members and 300+ partners

$4MM reinvested in the local economy

150k+ IRL experiences

At the end of the day, everything comes down to community, and ours is held together by our Code of Conduct, a community contract that keeps the good vibes flowing during the thousands of monthly interactions between our members, our partner businesses, and our team. Everyone opts-in and commits to keeping the Offline fam healthy, happy, and harmonious.

Our Team

We’re a renegade team of entrepreneurs, creatives, developers, and business consultants—all brought together by a shared passion for GIFs and a common goal: to harness the power of technology and turn it into a tool that helps people rediscover and reconnect with the world around them. In short, we’ll opt for dine-in over delivery, every time.

David Shaner
Founder + CEO

Chemical engineer turned tech entrepreneur, David has put in his 10,000 hours—and then some—since founding Offline in 2014. His mission has always been to utilize technology as a means of making communities more connected. Over the first five years, David turned Offline into the fastest growing media company for area millennials reaching over a million people every month; Offline helped generate over nine million dollars in local spending by inspiring people to ditch their screens and venture out to have real-life experiences. In 2019, he spearheaded Offline’s transition to our current subscription service, where he continues his commitment to building something that can benefit and transform local communities. The rest is history (in the making, at least). 


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Taylor Smith
Chief Operating Officer

Offline’s COO, Taylor, is responsible for running the user and partner support, development, and operations teams at Offline. With a focus on product, strategy, and growth planning, Taylor’s been a driving force at Offline since the early days. In his free time, you’ll find him shredding on the guitar and hanging out with his family while trying to convince his elementary-aged daughter that she’s not old enough to find him totally embarrassing yet.

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Page West
Lead Developer

Lead Developer since Offline’s inception, Page makes sure to water the servers each week, add food to the code, and tidy up to stop any bugs from getting in. Besides acting as our resident code whisperer, he’s a converted cat-lover thanks to his wife (and their tail-free, three-legged rescue cat named Frankie), a huge fan of lounge music, and is always up for a challenge.

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AnnaLaura Erickson
Director of Community

With extensive experience in event planning and social media, AnnaLaura found her love of content creation while producing videos for a major beauty influencer and worked directly with Instagram to help roll out Reels in 2020. She started as Offline’s first Community Manager in RDU and now leads a team of content creators and event planners across cities in charge of all things Social Media + Events.

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Hannah Sobhan
Hannah Sobhan
VP of Sales

Offline’s VP of Sales, Hannah, is the reason we’ve got all the amazing partners we do. She manages a team of Account Executives across multiple cities, as they bring on new restaurants, set up events, and make sure every partnership is a win for our members, the businesses, and Offline. With 6+ years of sales experience under her belt, Hannah’s keen at identifying opportunities and finding solutions with flexibility and grace. (Some of those qualities may come from her side hustle as a certified Personal Trainer and her background as a D1 gymnast at NC State—but who knows?)

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Kealia Pasquariello
Kealia Pasquariello
Sr. Community Manager

Offline’s Sr. Community Manager, Kealia, uses her skillful writing style, artful eye, and boundless enthusiasm to ensure all our content looks incredible and events go off without a hitch across markets. With a B.A. in Strategic Communications from UNC’s School of Journalism and years of working with digital startups, Kealia is a certified pro. (Seriously, this former tennis champ beat Naomi Osaka back in the day.)

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Dexter Phuong
Dexter Phuong
Social Community Manager: RDU

Dexter (AKA Dex), Offline RDU’s Social Community Manager, is the one filling our channels full of the creative, thumb-stopping content of badass biz in the Triangle. Holding a B.S. in Communications, Dex—who was Valedictorian of his early college class—comes from a family of restaurant owners, giving him a deep-rooted understanding of small businesses. When he’s not culling reels or keeping up with DMs, you’ll find him going viral on TikTok and searching for the next cup of boba he can deem “iconic.”

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Julia Elleman
Account Executive: Charlotte